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Carlisle class A drugs plot man now admits child sexual grooming charge

Carlisle Crown Court

A CARLISLE man has admitted a child sexual grooming offence – just a fortnight after he pleaded guilty to involvement in a huge class A drugs supply plot.

Connor White, 22, had initially denied one offence alleging the meeting of a child following sexual grooming during a period of just over two months.

As he prepared to go on trial at Carlisle Crown Court, a jury was sworn in. But over a lunch break before the prosecution was due to open its case, White had what Judge Nicholas Barker observed was a “change of heart”, and instead admitted the grooming crime.

This involved a 15-year-old girl and was said to have come to light after her father raised concerns over photographs found on a mobile phone.

White’s plea came a fortnight after he and almost a dozen other people admitted involvement in large scale “county lines” heroin and crack cocaine conspiracy. This ran between June and November last year.

He had acted as a “sub-dealer” for a Liverpool gang, the court heard.

White, of Eldon Drive, Harraby, remains behind bars on remand, and will be sentenced for both crimes on a future date.

He was told by Judge Barker: “You know a custodial sentence of some length is coming your way.”

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